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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

3.36 | 307 ratings

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Antonio Giacomin
3 stars In most of the bands the debut album calls a lot of attention. It is normal to see people having a kind of preference about knowing a specific band through its first album, and sometimes as just a few of a group discography is known the first one are readily among the chosen one. In some bands, the first album is the best (this is the way I consider Marillion Script For a Jester´s Tears, for example). To many of the bands, the first album also serves as a presentation of what the band musically talks about; even if the band last for many years and changes a lot, great changes does not happen so fast and takes a lot of time and albums to be consolidated (this is clearly seen in Rush, for instance).

But with Eletronic Meditations, Tangerine Dream fails in all purposes above (I now it probably does not matter for them and many of their fans, but this is another question). What would Tangerine Dream become and present in their long brilliant career are scarcely identifiable in this album; and no one never heard them returning back to anything that could have been proposed here. With this first work, the band sowed seed much more related to krautrock and psychedelia than to electronic genre; but in a general agreement people seem to indicate Tangerine Dream in the head of progressive electronic, not krautrock.

But it does not mean this is a senseless album, it has a clear value. It is very weird, but the weirdness is something common if not necessary in this genre of progressive music. It has its pioneering aspect, it has a strong track like Journey Through a Burning Brain , and had a lot of post influence. But for reasons for me unknown, Herr Edgar Froese did not take a way like his fellows in Amon Düül or Can took; instead of this he became one of the headmasters of electronic progressive.

So, this is Eletronic Meditation. Three stars, despite comments in the second paragraph, because these guys are serious artists with an intense project of performing good music. They may have in some ways failed here, but fortunately for us they came to be masters of their job in future albums. That year, that time deserved an album like this

Antonio Giacomin | 3/5 |


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